Editorials

Gov. Cuomo’s legislature power

When the state Legislature goes to work in Albany in January, we hope that lawmakers will keep in mind that their actions will affect all New Yorkers, not just those who support the party with the most clout. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 17 announced a long list of things he’d like to see ...

The Trump investigations

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood nailed it Tuesday when she explained the significance of President Donald Trump agreeing to dissolve his namesake foundation amid a state probe into allegations that he used the charity for his own benefit. “This is an important victory for the ...

The power of the U.S. Senate

The alarm bells have been sounding all week in the United States Senate, and we all need to be paying attention. This isn’t about the accusations of presidential misdeeds, ongoing corruption and overwhelming partisanship, but about a political body once considered the “greatest ...

Bill could infringe on rights

A newly proposed handgun bill proposed by state Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, isn’t practical. The bill would allow authorities to search social media and internet usage for any “red flags,” similar to those that have preceded some mass shootings. Permit applicants would have to ...

Some good news lately

While the world seems to be falling apart with what seems like more children and animals being abused and killed, wars being fought in nearly every corner of the globe and many more struggling paycheck to paycheck, there are lots of good news we often do not hear about. The really wonderful ...

Let’s marvel at InSight

Let’s take a moment to marvel at what we can do when we are at our best. NASA’s InSight lander successfully touched down on Mars [earlier this month], a few minutes before 3 p.m. Eastern time, ending a journey of more than six months and 300 million miles. The path to the successful ...

Don’t forget others in Christmas prep

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Congress should safeguard black lung program

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

The price to pay in Broadalbin

The town of Broadalbin officials have taken some heat lately for an hefty 177 percent increase in taxes. The increase, while no fault of the present board or town Supervisor Sheila Perry — previous administrations adopted unbalanced budgets and did not plan for the future — is a tough pill ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the first Mayfield Christmas Parade on Saturday. The village pulled together the holiday event and it was well-attended by many, including people from areas outside of Mayfield. The festivities, which included Mayor Jamie Ward reading “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, ...

Should have been handled differently

Everyone agrees: Friday’s incident at the Brooklyn HRA office, where cops fought to pry a baby from his screaming mom, should never have happened. And there’s a ton of blame to go around here. Police Commissioner James O’Neill immediately ordered an investigation into the nightmare, and ...

Not in this lifetime again

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Local animal shelters are priceless

A recent Leader-Herald article about a Gloversville man getting jail time for abusing a kitten missed the mark when giving credit to which agency took care of kitten following the abuse. While the Gloversville Animal Control was the agency that first responded to the incident and found the ...

Consider the obvious choices

Fulton County recently received three public proposals for its building at the County Airport. The 1,200-square-foot building is located on airport property and has been traditionally used in the past as either a restaurant or bakery. The original concept saw it as a place where pilots ...

Bush’s Clean Air Act is a brilliant legacy

From the ADIRONDACK DAILY ENTERPRISE George H.W. Bush never visited the Adirondacks as president, as far as we know, but perhaps no other president had as much of a positive impact on the Adirondack Park, from the White House. Theodore Roosevelt comes to mind, of course. As New York’s ...

Charitable donations can add Christmas cheer

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Red Kettle campaign

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign kicked off on Thanksgiving. It is one of the main fundraising events for the Salvation Army and all it takes is a little bit of change from all of us to help the local organization reach its goal. Capt. Wendy Senior of the Gloversville Salvation ...

The internet needs rules

Revelations at Google and Facebook show disturbing deceptions. Government must regulate the companies as a matter of both individual and national interest. Americans would rightly be incensed if their government were gathering information on them on the scale that companies like Facebook ...

Reducing drug costs

Did you hear that the Trump Administration has saved Americans $26 billion on prescription drugs? Probably not, and one person who seldom mentions it, oddly enough, is President Trump. A report from his own White House shows how faster approvals at the Food and Drug Administration are lowering ...

Thank you to our community

Today is Thanksgiving. While many of us will be enjoying the festivities with loved ones, many others will alone, perhaps cold and perhaps hungry. But thanks to the Twin Cities of Churches, many of those people will get a home-delivered Thanksgiving meal today with all the trimmings. Once ...